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Today I'm going to give you a quick overview of the Illuminations Year 1 curriculum for 3-8th grade, and then I'm going to show you their super awesome scheduling interface that makes lesson planning a cinch (since it's all done for you)!
Here are some main books you can order directly from Bright Ideas Press, pictured below.
- Christian Kids Explore Biology
- Mystery of History volume 1
- Hands-On Geography
- The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
Included electronically are:
- Graphic organizers
- Notebook Suggestions, bindings, and front inserts
- Literature study guides
- A Chinese Wonder Book
- Aesop's Fables
- More Jataka Tales
- More Russian Picture Tales
- The Mythological Zoo
- Plus Lesson plans for 3 different Grammar programs, two different writing programs, Natural Speller, English From the Roots Up
I will get into more details on these aspects later. Today I want to focus on the weekly schedule feature.
I am a sucker for colorful things and this schedule just screams USE ME all over it!
Not only is it beautifully colored, it has all been filled out with the lesson plans, every week, for the entire year! Talk about a sanity saver!
And no worries if you want to use a different writing program or Grammar curriculum or anything else different. You can type right over the text. What's better? If you delete your text, the original will come right back. So nothing is lost!
There is a little unique tidbit you need to know though...you cannot delete the current information, however, if you need to leave boxes blank because you don't plan to utilize those lessons, simply add a space in the box to make the text disappear. That way you don't have unnecessary text to print.
This grid works only in Adobe Reader, so you'll need to be sure you have that downloaded and it's the program used to open the schedule grid. Mine was set to default as a "preview" and I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work! So, I always need to make sure it's been open with Adobe.
Along with this grid, they have everything sorted weekly and by subject for easy searching based on your needs or preferences.
My Excitement and Anticipation
This is my first year trying out Illuminations. As I have looked through the material and planned out our first 6 weeks of lessons, it has me excited. Trying something new and fresh helps to keep the drudgery at bay and I love in Educating the WholeHearted Child, Clay encourages the use of different methods and kinds of curriculum to keep learning fresh and to come at it from different angles.
Illuminations follows a Classical Education (teaches history in chronological order) with a Charlotte Mason approach ~ which is exactly what we've been doing all along.
However, this year I am excited about adding notebooking to our endeavors as well as being more attentive to creating a timeline, since my daughter is getting older (she's starting 6th grade) and is more aware of timeframes.
Illuminations has 5 different years sold in two different levels: 3-8th grade and high school. The beauty of this curriculum is its ability to help you teach all of your children together. It includes all core subjects with the exception of math.
- Plus Supplemental ideas
In the coming weeks, I will share a more in-depth look at Illuminations.
I encourage you to check out their website.